St. David's Day chance to look forward - opposition leader

In his St. David's Day message, Opposition leader Andrew RT Davies says it's important that Wales looks back and looks forward.

St David’s Day will always remain a hugely significant part of Welsh culture and I hope as many people as possible find time to celebrate it.

We have a country of which to be immensely proud and as well as remembering our heritage today, we should also look to our future.

Assembly support for our bank holiday and honours system proposals this week was extremely welcome. We believe the contributions of people from all walks of life should be celebrated. In Wales and by Wales.

While the newly announced St David Awards go some way to achieving this, it is crucial that they are independent of government. We need a system which reflects and demonstrates honour bestowed by the Welsh nation and I hope – with consensus clearly emerging – this can be discussed further.

– Andrew RT Davies, leader of the Opposition

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St David's Day celebrations

Events are taking place across Wales today to mark St David's Day, including a visit by the Prince of Wales and the Duchess of Cornwall.